The Microsoft Surface line of devices have historically offered premium designs and specs for premium prices. But a few years ago Microsoft launched its version of a budget tablet with the introduction of the $399 Surface Go tablet.
Now the company is taking a similar approach with laptops.
The new Microsoft Surface Laptop Go incorporates many of the features of its pricier siblings including a PixelSense touchscreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and a full-sized keyboard and Precision trackpad.
But prices start at $550 for an entry-level Surface Laptop Go.
The notebook is up for pre-order starting today and set to ship on October 13th. Microsoft offers three prices/configurations:
- 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC for $550
- 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $700
- 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $900
All three models feature an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, which is a 10th-gen Intel Core “Ice Lake” chip with four CPU cores, eight threads, and Intel UHD graphics. It’s not the most powerful Intel chip… it’s not even the most powerful 10th-gen Core i5 chip. But it’s a step up from the Pentium Gold and Core m3 processors Microsoft offers for the cheaper Surface Go 2 tablet.
Here are the key specs for the new Surface Laptop Go:
|Display||12.4 inch PixelSense|
1536 x 1024
3:2 aspect ratio
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1035G1|
Intel UHD graphics
|Memory||4GB or 8GB|
128GB, 256GB SSD
|Ports||1 x USB-C|
1 x USB-A
1 x Surface Connect
1 x 3.5mm audio
|Audio||Ominisonic speakers with Dolby Audio|
Dual far-field microphones
|Security||Fingerprint reader in the power button (8GB RAM models only)|
|Power & charging||Up to 13 hours battery life (Microsoft estimate)|
39Wh power supply
Polycarbonite resin and glass fiber base
|Colors||Ice Blue, Sandstone, or Platinum|
|Dimensions||10.95″ x 8.10″ x 0.62″|
|Price||$550 – $900|
Microsoft is also introducing an updated Surface Pro X featuring a Microsoft SQ 2 processor (based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chip) as well as several new PC accessories including a $25 wireless Microsoft Number Pad, a $70 Microsoft 4K wireless adapter, and a $50 Microsoft Bluetooth Ergonomic Mouse.